Travel News: November 6, 2018

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Icelandair Group Acquires Wow Air
Travel Pulse

Icelandair is poised to takeover WOW air, announcing that it has entered into a share purchase agreement to buy all the shares of the low fare airline’s stocks.

The acquisition is subject to approval by Icelandair Group’s shareholders and will also be reviewed by Iceland’s competition authorities.

The companies will continue to operate under separate brands, Icelandair said in a statement. Their combined market share in the transatlantic market will be about 3.8 percent.


Uber, Starbucks are the most expensed vendors for business travel
USA Today

Uber and Starbucks are the top vendors business travelers in North America are expensing these days, according to a new study by Certify, which tracks business expenses.

In its analysis of more than 10 million receipts and expenses from the third quarter of this year, Certify also found Amazon was the third-most-utilized vendor.


World’s first underwater hotel residence opens in Maldives

For once, it’s an opportunity to sleep with the fishes that doesn’t mean you end up like a character in a mob movie.

The Conrad Maldives Rangali Island has opened the world’s first-ever underwater hotel residence.

More than just a room or a suite (this is the Maldives, after all, so luxury is the name of the game), the two-story villa is set more than 16 feet below the Indian Ocean. Its name is “Muraka,” which means “coral” in the Maldives’ local language Dhivehi.


Following months of closures, Volcanoes Park is returning to life
Travel Weekly

Amenities and accommodations continue to reopen to visitors as Hawaii Volcanoes National Park proceeds on its march toward regular operations following months of volcanic activity this summer.

The majority of the park on Hawaii Island was closed for four months, the longest shutdown in its history, and while the park held a reopening on Sept. 22, many of the lodging, dining and camping options remained off limits. Still, an average of 1,806 people have visited the park each day since the reopening, according to park officials.

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